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Watch: Foden's late strike secures win for City

Watch: Foden's late strike secures crucial win for Man City as Dortmund bemoan poor referee decisions

April 6, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Manchester City have a foot over the line for the semi finals following Tuesday night's win over Borussia Dortmund.

In a night in which Norwegian sensation Erling Haaland failed to Borussia Dortmund to the promise land with his impressive goalscoring abilities, Manchester City had to dig deep to get the better of the Bundesliga outfit i the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal clash. The Citizens kept it late to run away with a vital home win thanks to Phil Foden's 90th minute strike, taking the advantage into the second leg at the home of their disappointed visitors.

Like most night's in the coveted European competition, there was no shortage of drama at the Etihad. Kevin De Bruyne capitalized on a defensive mistake by the visitors and broke the deadlock in the 19th minute, sweeping home a low finish after a well-worked move with Phil Foden.

Not long after came the first big incident in the clash with Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan awarding the Citizens a spot-kick following's Emre Can's tackle on Rodri. Nevertheless, a VAR review overruled the call after it was revealed that there was not enough force in the German's attempted back-heel clearance to take the Spanish midfielder to the ground. While the Man City player escaped booking for diving, the Dortmund star did not have his yellow card for protesting the referee's initial call overturned.

Soon after, Dortmund were denied an equalizer despite legitimately scoring. The shocking decision by the match referee came after Jude Bellingham had pressed Ederson and nicked the ball away from the City goalkeeper. The latter immediately booted the bottom of the Englishman's boot before he could tuck the ball into the empty net. To the dismay of the Dortmund bench and fans, a free-kick rather went the way of Man City.

Despite the call, the visitors pressed on and were almost rewarded with a draw after Marco Reus finished off a brilliant move which starred Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland in the 84th minute. However, City will restore their advantage right on the stroke of full-time thanks to Phil Foden. 

In the aftermath of the encounter, one of the linesmen was pictured requesting for the autograph of Dortmund star Erling Haaland in the dugout as the discontented attacker made his way into his side's dressing room.

Here is how some reacted to the controversial calls in the night's clash:

— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) April 6, 2021

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